Two weeks have passed since the school year began in Sweden. The country had already distinguished itself early in the coronavirus epidemic by choosing not to limit its population, leaving its primary schools open and closing only colleges and universities. Today, tThe entire school system is reopened without recommending the use of masks, but with other measures specific to each facility.
In the yard at Stockholm International School, no masks in sight. And it’s like this all over the country: The use of a mask is not recommended, but it is not forbidden either. “If a student arrives with a mask and there are two or three in the entire facility, that’s fine. And if a teacher wants to use one – no one does – that’s fine too. The City of Stockholm introduces no rules, he only recommends keeping the distance between us … and Swedes are good at it“Says Karin Henrekson, the school’s principal.
Sweden has been able to stay on the same page, explains Anders Tegnell, a state epidemiologist and chief responsible for dealing with the coronavirus: “Unlike other countries, Sweden has not changed its recommendations. We do not use the mask and the schools work as usual ”.
It is therefore recommended to keep your distance, wash your hands often and the dining room has changed, as before the holidays. But the real difference is High school students and college students have returned to the classroom when they switched to distance learning in March to be more susceptible to coronavirus than children and to use public transportation massively.
Stockholm is recommended reduce the number of high school students attending lessons by 20%, so that, in some facilities there is distance learning every two weeks for certain groups. In Gothenburg, on the other hand, there are no lessons before nine in the morning to avoid traffic jams.
At Stockholm’s international school, Helen, a science teacher, is alone in her classroom, but in front of her computer screen: “See you in a minute Ivan, I’m back … Now I have a distance course with my second-year students, and in half an hour I will run down to physically meet my first-year students “.
The Teachers ‘Union, the main teachers’ union, is currently following the government line, even though it is vigilant. “Teachers are worried about the congestion caused by the epidemic, with the replacement of absent colleagues, distance education, all at the same time,” says Emma Ölmebäck, one of their representatives.
But they do not ask to wear masks or divide classes. According to their own studies, the degree of pollution in Swedish teachers is similar to that of the rest of the population.
As of August 30, Sweden had registered 83,958 cases and 5,821 deaths
Originally published by RFI
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